Former U.S. vice chairman Joe Biden is vowing to be “extra aware” of non-public house after two girls mentioned his bodily contact made them uncomfortable.
“The boundaries of defending private house have been reset, and I get it,” he mentioned in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday.
The 76-year-old Democrat mentioned that he’s all the time been somebody who makes bodily contact in an try and forge a private connection as a politician.
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“I shake arms. I hug individuals. I seize women and men by the shoulders and say, ‘you are able to do this,’” he mentioned.
Biden’s feedback come days after a Connecticut lady mentioned he touched her inappropriately and rubbed noses together with her at a political fundraiser a decade in the past.
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“It wasn’t sexual, however he did seize me by the top,” Amy Lappos, a former congressional aide, advised the Hartford Courant on Monday.
“He put his hand round my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I believed he was going to kiss me on the mouth.”
Final week, fellow Democratic politician Lucy Flores mentioned Biden planted a “massive sluggish kiss” on the again of her head at a rally in Nevada in 2014.
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Biden, who’s contemplating a run for president in 2020, has denied appearing inappropriately in direction of girls.
“I’ve provided numerous handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, assist and luxury. And never as soon as — by no means — did I imagine I acted inappropriately,” Biden mentioned in a earlier assertion. “Whether it is steered I did so, I’ll hear respectfully. But it surely was by no means my intention.”
— With recordsdata from Reuters
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